Plastic Surgeons Serving Edison, Marlboro, And Warren, New Jersey & Staten Island, NY
Hair loss affects both men and women, although men are more likely to experience significant balding. While there are many different products on the market that claim to restore hair, only hair transplantation is actually scientifically documented and proven to work.
What Is Hair Transplantation?
Hair transplantation involves taking existing hair on the back of the head and transplanting it to areas of hair loss. The hairs then take root at their new site and begin to grow naturally. Hair transplants are permanent, and with our advanced technology, skill, and artistry, look very natural.
Hair transplantation is a minimally invasive procedure that requires no general anesthesia and little downtime. During the first month, the hairs may fall out, but this is normal because of natural hair growth cycles. Over time, you should see nice hair growth in the areas that were once balding.
Benefits of NeoGraft Hair Transplants
Here at Associates in Plastic Surgery, we use NeoGraft follicular unit extraction (FUE) for our hair transplant surgeries. Follicular unit extraction has a number of benefits, including:
- No linear scar across the back of the head
- Natural-looking hairline
- Minimally invasive process
- Permanent results
- No stitches or staples required
With follicular unit extraction, groupings of up to 4 hairs are individually extracted and then placed into areas of desired hair growth. These small units allow for incredibly natural results, and the donor sites at the back of the head can be easily camouflaged with existing hair. Other hair transplant methods require a linear scar from the graft, and the hairline often ends up not looking as natural.
NeoGraft hair transplants can also be used to restore thinning eyelashes or eyebrows. You will have to trim them regularly, but most patients find that the aesthetic benefits are worth it.
Who Is A Candidate for NeoGraft Hair Transplant?
Ideal candidates for NeoGraft hair transplants still have some hair left. If you are completely bald, unfortunately, hair transplantation is not an option for you.
In addition, good candidates tend to be over the age of 25. The reason for this is that while transplanted hair will not fall out, surrounding hair will continue to be lost, which may result in an unnatural appearance and require further treatment. Generally, hair loss patterns are established after the age of 25, and your surgeon will be able to transplant your hair in a way that will continue to look natural.
If you are younger than 25 and want to have a hair transplant procedure done, please see our experienced hair transplant surgeons for a consultation to see if it is in your best interest to wait or if you can have the treatment sooner.
Other characteristics of a good hair transplant candidate include:
- Has realistic expectations
- Is in good health
- Has thick, viable donor hair
The best way to determine if you are a good hair transplant candidate is to come in for a consultation. Our experienced hair transplant surgeons will examine you, ask about your concerns and goals, and help you come up with the best treatment plan to meet your goals.
It is important to be realistic about a hair transplant procedure. Since it is utilizing existing hair, there are limits to how full of a head of hair you can achieve. Most surgeons will utilize strategic placement to give the illusion of fuller hair, rather than trying to simply place as many units as possible.
PRP Injections to Reduce Hair Loss
If you have thinning hair but are not in need of a full transplant procedure yet, or if you want to supplement your transplant results, PRP injections are an option. PRP, also known as platelet-rich plasma, contains energy and growth factors that can help stimulate dormant hair follicles. PRP injections are a cutting-edge treatment and can be an alternative to topical medications and surgical hair transplantation.
PRP injections are virtually painless, and take around 15 minutes to perform. We will draw a blood sample, use a special tool to extract the platelets, and inject into strategic areas to stimulate hair growth. We generally recommend 3 treatments spaced 2 weeks apart, and new hair growth can usually be seen within 3 months. Ask us if you are a candidate for this procedure.